By Marc Lawrence — Here we are now with Week 6 in the history book, and two teams have already fired their head coaches and a hand full of others have benched their starting quarterbacks. Injuries have swept through the league like a tidal wave, taking down All-Pros and even quarterbacks. Six weeks is more than enough time to decide it’s time to panic. With The Athletic decided it was time for a not-quite-to-halfway season check-in. Which teams that struggled in Week 6 are merely in a slump? Which teams, coaches and quarterbacks should view this week’s performance as a red flag? Read on… New York Jets – Panic Level: Consider changing your name and leaving the country. The Jets are the NFL’s lone winless team now, and according to Football Outsiders, the Jets have a 38.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft. If you are Trevor Lawrence you are likely asking yourself can you stay in school? Take a year’s sabbatical to study in New Zealand? Do something, anything, to stay away from the Jets. To read more Panic Level situations on six other NFL teams this season click here.
The Dolphins have announced that Tua Tagavailoa will start Miami’s next game against the Rams in Week 8, 351 days after his injury vs Mississippi State. His first two starts will be against former No. 1 picks in Jared Goff and Kyler Murray. He’ll be the first left-handed QB to start an NFL game since Kellen Moore on Jan. 3, 2016. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick has to be wondering how his 95.0 QB Rating and 70.1% passing percentage and 255.8 YPG performance this season commanded a seat on the bench for the 3-3 Fish.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Clemson is one of four 5-0 “Fat Cat” favorites on this week’s college football card. They are also a prohibitive 46-point favorite against Syracuse. Our well-oiled machine notes that college football home favorites of 40 or more points are just 80-105-3 ATS at home since 1980, and 8-18-1 ATS the past six seasons.